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Sympathy to…

Mark and Barbara Fahey on the passing of Mark’s father, James M. Fahey from St. Charles, Missouri. You may mail condolences to Mark and Barbara Fahey, 1853 Winfield Dr., Lakewood, CO 80215. Obituary details may be found here:

The wife and family of Melvin Lee “Mel” Eckard who passed away on June 3 in Fort Collins. Obituary details may be found here:


There were no new awards for this month.

Notification of awards received is taken monthly from a CSU Sponsored Programs report. If you are the recipient(s) of an award(s) that did not go through Sponsored Programs, please email Susan Harris at and provide her the information so we can recognize your success.

The Personnel Directory is updated as of July 5, 2017. If you are interested in a hard copy, go to then click on “Printable Personnel Directory.”

Be sure to check out our new colleagues on the last pages of this newsletter.


As of July 5, 2017


Adams County
Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences, #12-17
The committee is checking references. Interviews will be held August 10-11.

Boulder County
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, #11-17
Markley Walsh has accepted the position effective July 17. Markley is a former employee as an agent in Weld County from June 2013 to September 2015. Most recently, she has been working as a 4-H Youth Development Agent in Frederick County Extension in Winchester, Virginia.

Douglas County
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development/Livestock, #05-17
This was a failed search and the position is currently being reviewed.

Larimer County
Extension County Director, #13-17
This position is being advertised with a July 13 deadline. Interviews will be held August 23-24.

Extension Specialist, Produce Safety, Grant Funded, #14-17, Location TBD
The committee held phone interviews the week of June 26th. On-campus interviews are on Tuesday, July 18.


Southeast Area
Area Extension Director and Agent, #TBD
This position is under review. In the meantime, Bruce Fickenscher will serve as interim Area Director.

Bent County
Area Extension Agent, Family Consumer Science & 4-H Youth Development, #18-17
This position is being advertised with a July 18 deadline.

Custer County
Extension Director, #TBD
This position is under review.

Logan County
Extension Director, #TBD
The position is under review. In the meantime, Brian Kailey will serve as interim County Director.

Prowers County
Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, #19-17
This position is being re-advertised with a July 13 deadline.

Golden Plains Area

Yuma County
Area Extension Agent, Livestock, #TBD
The position is under review.


Tri River Area

Delta County
Area Extension Agent, Agronomy, #16-17
Interviews will be held July 11-12.


State 4-H Office
Extension State Specialist, 4-H Youth Development and Volunteer Leadership, #15-17
This position is being advertised with a July 11 deadline.

Extension State Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, STEM and K-12, #17-17
This position is being advertised with a July 25 deadline.

Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), Lakewood, CO
Extension State Specialist, Senior Economist, #20-17
This position is under review and will be advertised soon.

All items for CSU Extension Personnel Notes should be sent to Sue Harris at

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Tyler Rayburn

Name: Tyler Rayburn
Title: Program Coordinator, Network Systems Administration

Location: CSU Campus, State Extension Office
Date of Hire: March 2017

Personal Information: After growing up in Wyoming and Colorado, I made Fort Collins my home with my wife Stephanie, and children Orion and Opal. In addition to spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, acting, and exploring the ever-changing brewery landscape that Northern Colorado offers.

Job Experience: I have worked for both private enterprises and public institutions prior to coming to Extension. I’m fortunate to list the University of Northern Colorado, OtterBox, and CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences as former employers, providing a variety of technical support and systems administration duties.

2006 Bachelor of Psychology, Colorado State University

Meredith Shrader

Name: Meredith Shrader
Title: Area Extension Agent, Entomology

Location: Tri River Area, Mesa County
Date of Hire: May 2017

Personal Information: I was born on the East coast of Virginia, but moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains to attend school at Virginia Tech and play Division I Soccer for the women’s Varsity Team. I enjoy spending time meeting growers and talking with people in the agricultural community. My favorite thing to do is hang out with my family; hiking, biking and camping.

Job Experience: Most recently I was a Graduate Research Assistant at Virginia Tech working in vegetable row crops, soybean, corn, tree fruits, stone fruits, cane berries and grape integrated pest management.

2003 B.S. Biology, Concentration: Entomology at Virginia Tech
2011 M.S. Entomology at Virginia Tech

Heather Meyer

Name: Heather Meyer
Title: Assistant Program Coordinator,
Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado

Location: CSU Campus, State Extension Office
Date of Hire: January 2017

Personal Information: Though I am originally from Longview/Kelso, Washington, and lived in Moffat County (Craig) during my high school years, Fort Collins has become “home” over the past 20 years. In my personal time, I am most often in the mountains with my husband, our 3 children and dog, on the sidelines of a lacrosse game, tending to my gardens, cooking for friends/family gatherings, or cuddled up with a good book and a strong coffee.

Job Experience: Over the past 15 years, I have worked with a variety of community-based collaborations between the nonprofit, local government, and private sectors within Larimer County. I have worked extensively with initiatives focused on poverty alleviation, affordable housing, homelessness, mental health advocacy, and socio-economic mobility. My passion is helping others to find their voices, and working with FLTI couldn’t be a more perfect fit!

2000 B.S. Psychology, at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO